Can someone explain to me what the Little Office is?
I understand basically that it is a shorter version of the Divine Office that is devoted to the Blessed Virgin.
Is it an alternative to the Divine Office, or an additional prayer?
Was it used by monks, or was its simplicity mainly aimed at lay people who were not able to pray the Divine Office?
Do you know any saints (particularly early saints) who speak highly of this devotion?
As it is fairly easy to pray a simplified version of the Divine Office, what reasons might draw someone to this devotion other than its simplicity?
What is the connection between the Little Office and the Brown Scapular?
Can you recommend a good version of the Little Office? (preferably with latin and english)
Thanks to anyone who can answer any or all of these questions for me.